2006 Ford Ranger

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Ford Ranger. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Driving ease
  • Maneuverability
  • Build quality
  • Fuel economy with four-cylinder

The Bad

  • Performance with four-cylinder
  • Resale value of regular-cab 2WD models
  • Fuel economy with V-6

Notable Features of the 2006 Ford Ranger

  • Two cab styles
  • Three engine choices
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Wide variety of models and options

2006 Ford Ranger Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Ford continues to give compact-pickup buyers plenty of choices. Rangers are available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, and with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. Options range from skid plates and Bilstein shock absorbers to earth-shattering audio systems. Mazda markets a related B-Series.

Two configurations were added for 2005: regular-cab XLT models with a 7-foot cargo box and the Ranger Edge, which could be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the sporty Edge edition conveyed the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.

The Edge has been renamed Ranger Sport for 2006. Design changes for all models this year include revised bumper colors, a horizontal grille insert, fender flares, clear-lens parking lamps, new taillamps and fog lamps, and a 9-inch Ford oval on the grille and tailgate. Two-tone paint goes on FX4/Off-Road and Level II models. FX4/Off-Road pickups are now available in two- or four-door SuperCab form.

Trim levels include XL, STX, XLT, Sport, FX4 and FX4 Level II. Ford's four-cylinder engine is now standard in XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4x2 models. New color choices for 2006 include Screaming Yellow, Torch Red and Redfire. Options now include two 15-inch forged aluminum wheels and body-colored side moldings.


Exterior
Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-...
Vehicle Overview
Ford continues to give compact-pickup buyers plenty of choices. Rangers are available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, and with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. Options range from skid plates and Bilstein shock absorbers to earth-shattering audio systems. Mazda markets a related B-Series.

Two configurations were added for 2005: regular-cab XLT models with a 7-foot cargo box and the Ranger Edge, which could be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the sporty Edge edition conveyed the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.

The Edge has been renamed Ranger Sport for 2006. Design changes for all models this year include revised bumper colors, a horizontal grille insert, fender flares, clear-lens parking lamps, new taillamps and fog lamps, and a 9-inch Ford oval on the grille and tailgate. Two-tone paint goes on FX4/Off-Road and Level II models. FX4/Off-Road pickups are now available in two- or four-door SuperCab form.

Trim levels include XL, STX, XLT, Sport, FX4 and FX4 Level II. Ford's four-cylinder engine is now standard in XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4x2 models. New color choices for 2006 include Screaming Yellow, Torch Red and Redfire. Options now include two 15-inch forged aluminum wheels and body-colored side moldings.


Exterior
Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed. SuperCab (extended-cab) versions are fitted exclusively with a 6-foot bed.

A power dome hood is installed. Two rear-hinged rear doors, which are optional on SuperCab models, can be opened only after the front doors are open. XL models have black bumpers and a black bar-style grille, while the XLT gets chrome bumpers and a chrome grille surround. Sport pickups have a honeycomb grille and body-colored bumpers.

Regular-cab models ride a 111.5- or 117.5-inch wheelbase and measure 189.0 or 198.4 inches long overall. SuperCab Rangers have a 125.7-inch wheelbase and are 203.6 inches long overall. An optional tubular cargo-bed extension can add 2 feet to the 6-foot bed's length. Skid plates and step bars are standard on FX4 Rangers.


Interior
Regular-cab Rangers seat two or three occupants on bucket seats or a 60/40-split bench, respectively. SuperCab models can be equipped with a pair of rear jump seats. Like all jump seats in compact pickups, the Ranger's rear seats are too small to hold adults comfortably. Leather-trimmed seating surfaces and sport bucket seats are available.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available: a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a 148-hp, 3.0-liter V-6; and a 207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 238 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and a dashboard switch can engage four-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Rangers are pleasant to drive and capable in every significant respect. They ride and handle on par with domestic competitors from Dodge and General Motors. Each model is attractive, well designed, solidly built and reasonably comfortable inside.


Latest 2006 Ranger Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Perfect

by Robin from Fort Smith, AR on August 17, 2018

This 2006 Ford Ranger is the most enjoyable, reliable vehicle I have owned! I would highly recommend this truck to anyone looking for high quality truck. Read full review

(5.0)

It?s a RANGER!! Need I say more!!

by Ponsvir from Anchorage, AK on June 30, 2018

This car met all of our needs for our family. The 4x4 was a must for Alaska conditions. We also upgraded the truck with an auto start; another bonus for winter driving! The blizzak tires were also ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Ford Ranger currently has 8 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Ford Ranger XL

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ranger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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